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How long should a pathology report take?

I had a colon biopsy yesterday. How long should a pathology report take?

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This is usually a rush biopsy meaning they gross it the same day and the slide comes out the next day for the pathologist to sign out. However, if the pathologist needs special stains or deeper levels, it may take an additional day. Usually the doctor will call the patient as soon as the report comes out, however, I have seen it take several weeks for doctors to get the results to the patients and this is not right. The best thing to do is to obtain a copy of the written report so that you can see the date that it was signed by the pathologist.
Typically it takes 1-2 days for a biopsy, while 3-4 days for resection specimens, if no additional studies are needed.
It should not take 24-48 hours